A memorable day on the east coast started in Whitby. A walk along the pier produced at least 17 purple sandpipers, a pair of guillemots and a few turnstones. Runswick Bay held a single red-throated diver which fed very close to the lifeboat station. As I descended into Sandsend an Iceland gull literally flew in front of the car. I pulled into the car park and enjoyed watching it for at least half an hour. I was stuck by it’s soft pale plumage especially so when seen against the dark cliffs. It settled on the beach by the car park and also rested in the water, in between giving me a few spectacular low passes. A very attractive gull with a distinct gentle expression which I aimed to capture in my sketches.